THQ Supercross Jumps into San Francisco

AURORA, Ill. (January 20, 2002) – THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series make their inaugural stop in San Francisco’s Pac Bell Park, Saturday, January 25. A Press conference will be held on Thursday, January 23, from Noon-2:00 p.m. where riders will be available for interviews and ride the man-made dirt battleground.

Team Honda’s Ricky Carmichael, the two-time defending supercross champion, won his first 250cc main event of the season last weekend in Anaheim, marking his third-career victory at Edison International Field. Carmichael’s win, the 27th of his career, pushed him into the AMA Supercross Series points lead over Yamaha’s Chad Reed. After two rough races, Carmichael, who failed to lead a lap before Anaheim 2, is on top of his game.

“I had two bad races and made some mistakes,” said Carmichael. “Now I am back to where I was. It’s funny how you can have some bad races and everyone thinks you should retire. I worked hard all week to get this win.”

In the past two seasons, Carmichael has won the fourth stateside race of the series. During his ’01 campaign this weekend kicked off a 13-race win streak.

Reed, the only rider to win two races this season, holds down the THQ World Supercross GP points lead over teammate David Vuillemin, who scored a win in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 125cc Western Regional Supercross action, Kawasaki’s James Stewart carries a two-race win streak into Pacific Bell Park. Stewart, the first African-American to win a supercross race, leads 2002 champion Travis Preston by 10 points. Boasting six 125cc supercross wins in his two years of competition, Stewart has led 30 of the 45 laps this season. Last year, he led 43 laps the entire season.

Supercross is the fastest growing motor sport in the world and is the reigning king of extreme sports. The tour shattered attendance records in 2002, drawing 792,909 fans to its 16 events and averaging 49,556 per stop throughout the 16-city schedule.

125cc Western Regional Supercross Results, Anaheim 2

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki
  2. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki
  3. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM
  4. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda
  5. Josh Woods, Flint, Mich., KTM
  6. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda
  7. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki
  8. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki
  9. Erick Sorby, France, Kawasaki
  10. Tiger Lacey, Wolf Creek, Ore., Yamaha

125cc Western Regional Supercross Season Standings, After Anaheim 2

  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 72
  2. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Honda, 62
  3. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., Suzuki, 54
  4. Danny Smith, Middleton, Idaho, Suzuki, 50
  5. Billy Laninovich, Escondido, Calif., KTM, 46
  6. Christopher Gosselaar, Corona, Calif., Honda, 45
  7. Matt Walker, McRae, Ga., Kawasaki, 34
  8. Sean Hamblin, Sun City, Calif., Suzuki, 27
  9. Kevin Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 27
  10. Craig Anderson, Australia, Yamaha, 27

250cc THQ Supercross Event Results, Anaheim 2

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havana, Fla., Honda
  2. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda
  3. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki
  4. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki
  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  6. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Michael Byrne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  8. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha
  10. Mike Brown, Piney Flats, Tenn., Kawasaki

250cc THQ Supercross Series Season Standings, After Anaheim 2

  1. Ricky Carmichael, Havanna, Fla., Honda, 65
  2. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 62
  3. Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, Ga., Kawasaki, 58
  4. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 56
  5. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 51
  6. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 47
  7. Mike LaRocco, South bend, Ind., Honda 40
  8. Ernesto Fonseca, Canyon Lake, Calif., Honda, 30
  9. Stephane Roncada, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki, 29
  10. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 26

250cc THQ World Supercross GP Season Standings, After Anaheim 2

  1. Chad Reed, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 109
  2. David Vuillemin, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 103
  3. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha, 101
  4. Sebastien Tortelli, Temecula, Calif., Suzuki, 92
  5. Mike LaRocco, South Bend, Ind., Honda, 87
  6. Grant Langston, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM, 60
  7. Ryan Clark, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha, 59
  8. Damon Huffman, Canyon Country, Calif., Honda, 51
  9. Keith Johnson, Albuquerque, N.M., Yamaha 47
  10. Heath Voss, Mico, Texas, Yamaha, 43

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.tickets.com (San Francisco only), and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).


About THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series

THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. An AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned for the series of events conducted in the United States only. 

THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events.  Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo.  In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com.